Next iCarly Guest Star: Michelle Obama

First Lady to be featured in episode promoting support for military families

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jun 8, 2011 9:32 AM CDT

(Newser) – Michelle Obama is going to be on one of Nickelodeon's most popular shows. The first lady is set to appear on an upcoming episode of the comedy iCarly to promote Joining Forces, an initiative aimed at increasing awareness and support for military families, the network's president said today. Obama's daughters are fans of the show, and the first lady approached Dan Schneider, the show’s creator, about doing an episode specifically for the new initiative. “After he was done jumping for joy,” Nickelodeon's president said, “Dan sat down and came up with a very, very clever idea."

The show's main character, Carly Shay (Miranda Cosgrove), is the daughter of a colonel serving overseas in the military. When Carly's two best friends break some rules to set up a web chat so Carly can speak to her dad on his birthday, the first lady will intervene to put a positive spin on the situation. The network president isn't concerned that featuring the first lady and promoting the Joining Forces program would make a political statement for the show or Nickelodeon. "It's a feel-good initiative," she says, "and regardless of your political affinity, everybody cares about these families, so it just feels right." The Obama iCarly episode will likely air in January.

In this May 25, 2011 file photo, first lady Michelle Obama speaks to children from Elizabeth Garrett Anderson school in London as they visit Christ Church College in Oxford, England.
In this May 25, 2011 file photo, first lady Michelle Obama speaks to children from Elizabeth Garrett Anderson school in London as they visit Christ Church College in Oxford, England.   (Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Nickelodeon Greenlights Season Five of Blockbuster Hit iCarly.
Nickelodeon Greenlights Season Five of Blockbuster Hit iCarly.   (PRNewsFoto/Nickelodeon, Williams Hirakawa)
Miranda Cosgrove accepts the award for favorite TV show for iCarly  at Nickelodeon's 23rd Annual Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday, March 27, 2010, in Los Angeles.
Miranda Cosgrove accepts the award for favorite TV show for "iCarly " at Nickelodeon's 23rd Annual Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday, March 27, 2010, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
L-R: Nathan Kress (Freddie), Miranda Cosgrove (Carly) and Jennette McCurdy (Sam).
L-R: Nathan Kress (Freddie), Miranda Cosgrove (Carly) and Jennette McCurdy (Sam).   (PRNewsFoto/Nickelodeon, Lisa Rose)
iCarly on Nickelodeon- iGot A Hot Room- pictured: Carly Shay (Miranda Cosgrove).
iCarly on Nickelodeon- "iGot A Hot Room"- pictured: Carly Shay (Miranda Cosgrove).   (PRNewsFoto/Nickelodeon, Lisa Rose)
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